Having cosmetic surgery is usually a positive experience with complications being infrequent and usually minor. However, you have to remember that no surgery is without risk.
There will always be permanent scars where the incisions were made. These usually fade and soften during the year following surgery, but occasionally the scars can thicken and become ugly, requiring further treatment. Avoiding exposure of your incisions to the sun for six months to a year will also help your scars to fade.
Since breast-lift surgery often repositions the nipples, changes in nipple sensation is a risk you face.
Your ability to heal is as individual as your hair or the colour of your eyes - your healing qualities are part of your genetic make-up. Poor or delayed healing can occur with this surgery; people who have diabetes, smoke, are obese or elderly, are at an increased risk of this complication.
Ideally, women should complete childbearing before embarking on this type of surgery. If you do decide to have surgery, it is important to know that any benefits may be lost with further pregnancies.
Other risks are the same as in any operation and include bleeding, wound infection, chest infection, blood clots in the leg (known as a deep vein thrombosis) and risks associated with the anaesthetic. However, these risks are uncommon.
All the risks will be discussed in detail at your consultation.